Archive | October, 2014

Poetry Map of Scotland poem 80: Kilsyth

27 Oct

Kilsyth

is somewhere mum recited, mythically
of your life, over that unseen border
I can’t ask you about now, in death
perhaps you returned, your Ithaca
not realising you still live here in me

too late for you to tell me
which was your house, your street,
and which the girls you favoured. A dark town?
the smoke and nights of Glasgow
a penny on the tram away?

the truth of who you were, born,
young, then uniformed away south
is not curated in cramped bedrooms
or churches of the place you left
these will all have gone too

its lost son unremembered, ring roads
and Morrisons, perhaps, or Lidl’s car park
flattening the legends,
filling in the alleys your Kilsyth
is no longer there, unmapped and crossed out
with trunk roads leading away

and yet here it is each time I close my eyes

Paul Burns

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

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Poetry Map of Scotland poem 79: Johnstone

26 Oct

Now That You Are Better

Heading to Lochwinnoch to see the birds,
a drive to clear our heads, we ended up
in Johnstone, at the only Wimpy left
in Scotland. Unsure what to do next, we
talked about how it had been for you then
and how it was now, now that you were well.
Salt packets and coffee rings, left untouched
and you said “lucky for me I’m stubborn.”
I agreed, laughing but remembering
the sudden rages and the broken glass,
the look in your eyes when the anger passed.
Scraping plastic, chair legs against the tiles
I cleared up while you watched, threw salt for luck
and hoped, for your sake, that some of it stuck.

Amy Rafferty

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Poetry Map of Scotland 78: Eigg

26 Oct

The Postie’s Washing Line

When I think of Eigg
it’s not the bulk of the Sgurr
or Rum’s Coolin’s
dominating the western horizon;
but the scent of primroses,
the constant willow warblers’ song
and, on the dune edge,
strung between two driftwood poles,
a chorus line of socks
dancing
to the blue Atlantic.

Mavis Gulliver

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Poetry Map of Scotland 77: Kilmarnock

25 Oct

The Bonnyton Road

The amber prism
And the rhythm
Of the rain
Make the past dance.
The 21st century gives way to a watercolour existence;
The concrete crumbles,
The dirt road embossed with hoof and tackity-bit prints.
Clydesdales
Cart coal.

Sandstone and plaster
Hold the laughter and arguments of a century
In their porous surfaces
But won’t release the resonance
To this one-man audience.
I stare at silent scenes
Quietly stepping,
arm-in-arm
with the benevolent ghosts
of The Bonnyton Road.

Warts and all
Working class existence
A world without the NHS
I see women die in childbirth
And the pallor
Of stillborn skin.
Men maimed in foundries and mines.
The black spit.
Cheap Johnnie Walker from the factory floor
Forging and fuelling hard habits
And short lifespans.

In the midst
Of all this;
Community, understanding
A sense of belonging.
Factories, arteries
Giving lifeblood to
Pulsating tenement blocks.

I deride my neurotic nature
As modern problems fade against the backdrop
Of true struggle and poverty
But these trade-off’s and exchanges
Have taken other riches
Leaving only money in their wake.

Silence scythed
By internal combustion
The ghosts scatter;
Halogen headlights end my reverie.
Collar up and
Hat-brim down
I step back into modern life
And off the Bonnyton road.

Kieran Kelly

 

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Poetry Map of Scotland 76: Isle of Fetlar, Shetland

25 Oct

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Stephanie Green

First published in Northwords Now. From the author’s pamphlet ‘Flout’ to be published by HappenStance in 2015.

 

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Poetry Map of Scotland poem 75: Moniack Mhor

22 Oct

Redheadday

 

Your hair burns like the brightest things

Like fire and marmalade and orange lollies.

Skin that is milky, silky and glows in moonlight

Like heather ice-cream.  So lickable.

 

Freckles scatter across your face

Like sprinting sunflower seeds.

And a temper that colours language blue

As your heart beats

red-red, red-red.

 

Charlotte Stirling

 

To view our map of Scotland in Poems as it grows, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-map-revealed/ . For more information on this project, and on how to submit a poem, see https://stanzapoetry.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/mapping-scotland-in-poetry/.

All poems on our poetry map of Scotland and on the StAnza Blog are subject to copyright and should not be reproduced otherwise without the poet’s permission.

Taste the Salt: Reading in St Andrews, Thursday 23rd October

22 Oct

RBWFollowing timeously on yesterday’s high winds and stormy seas comes a reading of sea poems, from the anthology, Running Before the Wind, published by Grey Hen Press, which has received various accolades:

‘A wind-shaken, salt-laden, heartload of poems by women.’ Gillian Clarke

‘These poets explore all aspects of the ocean from the mundane to the mighty . Go where they take you. Taste the salt in their words.’ Diana Hendry

The event which takes place at Zest, 95 South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9QW at 6.00pm on Thursday 23rd October has been arranged by StAnza’s Booksellers, J & G Innes.  StAnza’s own Eleanor Livingstone will be reading along with Lyn Moir, Sheila Templeton and A.C. Clarke, three poets who have appeared at StAnza in recent years.  They will each be reading a selection of sea poems from the anthology.

It’s a free event, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, so no need to book, just turn up.

 

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